Toonmail, Bigton, ZE2 9JF

Under offer
Key Details

Reception Rooms:





1 + WC

Energy Efficiency:

D (60)

Council Tax:

Band C


Under offer


• 3 Bedrooms • Living Room • Kitchen / Diner • Bathroom & separate Toilet • Utility Room • Garage


Presented in immaculate 'walk-into' order, 'Toonmail' is a three bedroom single storey detached house set in a good-sized established garden with an attached garage, enjoying a sunny westerly aspect and fine unrestricted views over farm land as far as Fitful Head to the south and over the village of Bigton and out to sea to the west & north.

There is a community run shop & post office in the village; Lerwick, approximately 19 miles, is within easy commuting distance.

In addition to the three bedrooms, one of which could be used as a home office, the accommodation includes a particularly bright dual-aspect living room, attractively fitted kitchen / diner with integral appliances, a stylish family bathroom with bath and separate power shower, handy separate toilet and a utility room.

The property has been considerably upgraded in recent years including re-lining and insulating, a new kitchen and bathroom.

Viewing essential.

General Information

'Toonmail' is situated on the eastern edge of the village of Bigton on the west coast of the South Mainland area of Shetland, approximately 19 miles from Lerwick. The location puts Lerwick with an easy commuting distance either by car or by bus as a feeder bus service connects with the main Lerwick - Sumburgh bus route.

The house is situated by the village hall at the end of a side road off the Bigton loop road which runs through the centre of the village where there is a community run local shop & post office. Bigton is perhaps best known for being the access point to the spectacular sand tombola at St Ninian's Isle, a short walk from the house.

Further amenities in the South Mainland area include Mainland's mini-supermarket with post office & fuel, and local primary school at Dunrossness to the south, whilst the South Mainland health centre is at nearby Levenwick to the north, and the area's Junior High School and South Mainland swimming pool are a few mils further on at Sandwick.

The situation of the house allows for superb unrestricted views over the surrounding area. To the west and the north-west are the villages of Bigton & Ireland, the northern tip of St Ninian's isle and the sea with the island of Foula in the distance. To the south there are views across to farm land to Fitful Head in the distance.

In addition to St Ninian's isle there are many other places of interest in the South Mainland of Shetland including Mousa Isle and its famous broch, the Loch of Spiggie RSPB Reserve, croft house museum, Quendale Mill, Old Scatness Broch, Jarlshof and another RSPB Reserve at Sumburgh Head.

'Toonmail' was originally built in the late 1970's however since their purchase 8 years ago the sellers have considerably upgraded the property, in particular internally all the external walls have been stripped and re-lined with 'Kingspan' insulation, internal doors replaced along with new architraves & skirtings, the plumbing has all been renewed including installation of a pressurised 210l 'Megaflo' hot water tank, the electrics overhauled, a new bathroom and the separate toilet re-fitted, a new kitchen with integral 'Neff' appliances and the separate utility room re-fitted, as well as with redecoration and new flooring throughout. More recently the garage door has been replaced with a new 'Hormann' unit. Windows are double glazed and heating is provided by electric storage / panel heaters, supplemented by underfloor heating to the bathroom.

All carpets and other fixed floor coverings, the curtains and blinds, and light fittings will be included in the sale. The appliances in the utility room and the customized 'Ikea' wall units in the living room are available by separate negotiation.


Entry is to the rear of the house, the double glazed door & side light opening to a lobby with slate tile effect laminate flooring and doors to a utility room and the hall, the hall door having a glazed side light allowing extra light to filter through into the hall.

The good-sized utility room has fitted units including a worktop with inset sink below the window to the rear of the property, with space below for a washing machine and condenser dryer with storage unit in between, these 'Neff' appliances being available by separate negotiation. There is a further run of floor units to the wall opposite with a wall unit and shelving above. Clothes pulley above the sink, ceiling spotlight fitting and slate tile effect laminate flooring matching the entrance lobby.

The carpeted hall has doors to all rooms plus a couple of built-in cupboards including a large shelved airing cupboard which houses the hot water tank and a second wardrobe with hanging rail. The storage heater is neatly concealed behind a decorative cover and recessed ceiling spotlights provide plenty of light. A hatch with pull-down ladder provides easy access to the loft space.

A part-glazed door from the hall opens to an attractive kitchen / diner which enjoys plenty of natural light thanks to a triple window to the rear, a further side window plus light filtering through the wide wood-lined archway to the living room. There is plenty of space for a table & chairs and extensive fitted units in a cream finish set off by speckled worktops and white 'brick' tiled splash backs provide plenty of cupboard & worktop space, the units including a range of 'Neff' integral appliances in a stylish black finish including a fan oven, separate combi microwave / fan oven / grill, 5 ring glass gas hob with cooker hood over, plus a concealed integrated larder fridge / freezer and dishwasher. Other features include a 'Rangemaster' ceramic 1½ bowl sink, open plate rack with book shelf above, corner carousels and a further matching 'dresser' style unit with glazed cabinet with integral spotlighting. Oak effect laminate flooring extends throughout the kitchen and into the living room tying in with the wooden slated blinds to the kitchen windows, whilst there is a variety of light fittings including a feature ceiling light over the dining area, additional recessed ceiling spotlighting to the kitchen, supplemented by worktop lights and illuminated shelves to the right of the cooker.

The living room is again a bright space with a triple window facing west and a further window to the north, the main window enjoying a view of Foula in the distance. The fitted display units to the far wall which have adjustable led lighting fitted, are available by separate negotiation. A 'flame-effect' electric fire provides a cosy heat source although there is also a storage heater.

Moving on down the hall are two west-facing double bedrooms, bedroom 1 having the same oak effect laminate flooring, and a chandelier style centre light fitting. Bedroom 2 is carpeted and has two built-in wardrobes separated by a dressing table unit, and again there is a chandelier style centre light fitting. At the end of the hall is a handy separate cloakroom with white WC & wash hand basin set on a fitted unit providing handy storage space, an electric towel rail and black & white checkerboard vinyl flooring.

Next is a substantial family bathroom attractively finished with matching ceramic tiles to the floor, the lower half of the walls and the impressive walk-in power shower enclosure which has a glazed shelved display unit. The fittings also include a white corner whirlpool bath, WC and wall hung wash hand basin with twin light fittings over. A good-sized built-in shelved cupboard provides ample space for towels & toiletries etc. and there is underfloor heating below the tiled floor.

Finally there is a third bedroom / office to the rear of the property with fitted carpet & storage heater, lighting being provided by a chandelier style centre light fitting and matching wall light.

Rooms Sizes

Living Room

Approx. 4.95m x 3.6m (26'2" x 11'10")

Kitchen / Diner

Approx. 4.95m x 3.65m (16'2" x 12')

Bedroom 1

Approx. 3.9m x 3.6m (11'10" x 11'8")

Bedroom 2

Approx. 3.6m x 3m (11'10" x 10')

Bedroom 3

Approx. 2.8m x 2.5m at widest points (9'2" x 8'3")


Approx. 3.8m x 2.55m (12'6" x 8'6")


Approx. 1.6m x 1.05m (5'2" x 3'4")

Utility Room

Approx. 3.8m x 1.55m (12'6" x 5')


Approx. 6.5m x 3.75m (21'4" x 12'3")


The property sits in a good-sized established site which is estimated to extend to around ⅓ acre and is enclosed by a fence or stone dyke. The house is surrounded by lawns with a large paved area to the rear, a driveway leading to a parking area and the garage. An external hatch provides underfloor access to pipe work etc.

The attached single garage has an 'up & over' garage door, separate side door, rear window, work bench and fitted shelving, power & lighting.

Note the northern boundary follows the line of the stone dyke. The rectangular area on the north side of this boundary is understood to have formed part of the garden area for a number of years, and indeed was included in the decrofting direction, but does not form part of the title. When the fence to the west boundary was renewed by the adjoining land owner, for convenience it was situated slightly outwith the title boundary on that side.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band C. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: D (60)

Property Location

To reach the property take the northernmost junction to the Bigton loop road. Turn left to the church & hall, the access track to 'Toonmail' continues straight on past the hall.

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Again thank you for your assistance so far, I couldn’t have asked for better giving the country wide situation so I’m very grateful for works done so far and the speed at which it has happened.

Russell Smith

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